2024 Champion Hurdle Tips

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The feature Championship race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle.

This two-mile hurdles race has been won by many of the greatest hurdles to grace our sport, with the likes of Night Nurse, Hurricane Fly and Buveur D'Air winning the race on two occasions.

Hatton's Grace was the first to claim a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle wins. A feat which has been repeated by legends like Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq.

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2024 Champion Hurdle Tips

Who will win the Champion Hurdle? Our expert preview and Champion Hurdle betting tips provides all of the answers.

Champion Hurdle Date & Time 2024

The Champion Hurdle is the feature race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. In 2024, that falls on Tuesday March 12th and the official starting time is 3.30pm. 

Champion Hurdle Bookie Specials

The bookmakers will go all in to kickstart the Cheltenham Festival. Have a look at all the enhanced odds and Champion Hurdle specials available with the top online bookies right now.

Champion Hurdle Key Facts

DateTuesday March 12th, 2024
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£400,000

Champion Hurdle Winners

Many of the recent Champion Hurdle winners have been expected to win, including the likes of Buveur d’Air, Annie Power, Faugheen and Hurricane Fly. 

Prior to those wins, there were plenty of upset winners with four consecutive winners from 2007-2010 paying 10.00 or more.

Champion Hurdle Winners
2023Constitution Hill
2019Espoir D'Allen
2018Buveur d’Air
2017Buveur d’Air
2016Annie Power
2013Hurricane Fly
2012Rock On Ruby
2011Hurricane Fly
2006Brave Inca
2005Hardy Eustace
2004Hardy Eustace
2003Rooster Booster
2002Hors La Loi III
2001no race

Champion Hurdle History

One of the oldest Cheltenham Festival races, the Champion Hurdle is stepped in history since its first running in 1927 when Blaris took the honours for trainer Bill Payne and jockey George Duller. 

Since that time there have been many champion winners and an incredible five horses to win three Champion Hurdle races. All five horses won the Champion Hurdle in consecutive years, making the feat even more incredible and the most recent champion was Istabraq in 2000. 

Istabraq was the odds-on favourite to win his fourth unprecedented Champion Hurdle but the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001 caused history to halter. Unfortunately, he raced in 2002 but was pulled up after the second hurdle when jockey Charlie Swan felt his action go. 

Istabraq’s subsequent retirement left the door open for another champion and although there hasn’t been another like him since, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly and Buveur d’Air have all won the Champion Hurdle twice. 

Nicky Henderson has scored seven wins as a trainer and those wins came with four horses. He trained See You Then to score three consecutive Champion Hurdle’s from 1985-1987 and current champion Buveur d’Air. 

Jockeys Tim Molony and Ruby Walsh share the top honours with four wins a piece. Ruby Walsh’s most recent win came with Annie Power, which was subsequently only the fourth mare to win the Champion Hurdle. That win also gave Willie Mullins his fourth win in a six-year span. 

The biggest margin of victory in recent times belongs to Rooster Booster when scoring by 11 lengths in 2003. The nine-year-old spaced his rivals, which included Westender in second and race favourite Rhinestone Cowboy in third.

Owner JP McManus won the Champion Hurdle twice in a row with Buveur D'Air, and again with the ill-fated Espoir D'Allen.

In 2020, Nicky Henderson's Epatante justified her tag of favouritism with a superb performance, ensuring McManus retain the famous trophy for a fourth year on the bounce.

Champion Hurdle FAQs

When is the Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle 2024?

The 2024 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle will take place on Tuesday March 12th as part of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival. The feature race is the championship contest for 2m hurdlers and has been won by some of the greatest hurdlers of all time.

What time is the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle?

The Champion Hurdle is due off at 15:30 GMT on Tuesday March 12th. It is the fourth race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.